This is undoubtedly the year of the meat eater. Hunting participation is on the rise, and those that go afield for protein are leading the way. PETA and their ranks are reeling, having worn out their welcome with years and years of sensationalist antics.
In celebration of our loyal readers, the HUNTING editors have come together once again to bring you the Sexiest Meat Eater contest. Last year nearly 20,000 of you voted and Shawn Michaels and Tiffany Lakosky took home the crown for sexiest male and female meat eaters. In our third annual ode to protein pioneers, we’re putting 16 more venison-loving role models up for your vote. The winners get well, nothing, other than our undying affection and the chance to tell every PETA member where they can shove their celery.
Vote below and prove that eating meat is not only a culinary pursuit, it’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle that includes not just pretty pictures of manufactured meals, but the reality of what killing your own animals is to all of us—a beautiful, bloody, hairy mess.
Click through the photos, learn more about these meat-loving idols and cast your vote below for your favorite male and female. Winners will be selected on July 31.
<h2>Theresa Vail</h2>Not only is Theresa Vail an avid bowhunter, she was also the first chick to rock a tattoo in the swimsuit portion of the Miss America 2014 pageant. This Miss Kansas 2013 winner gets our props for proudly embracing the hunting lifestyle and bringing her rebellious streak with her to one of the biggest beauty contests in the world. <p></p> <strong>Sexiest Moment:</strong> Vail recently wrote: "I decided to try the paleo diet. The paleo diet asks people to follow a diet similar to those who lived 10,000 years ago, essentially eating like hunters and gatherers." She's not doing it to lose weight, she's doing it to become a better hunter.